Eaton Hall

Eaton Hall is the Duke of Westminster’s family home just on the outskirts of Chester.  Four times a year he opens the gardens to the public and all the proceeds go to charity.  Today was the last opening day for 2011 so we decided to go and have a nosey!  We’ve lived here for 15 years and have never been, but then again we didn’t have any interest in gardening before really.

This is the house and chapel viewed from the lake, it’s all very grand

Eaton Hall and chapel

We came in via the stables courtyard

where there were displays of the family history etc and some fancy old carriages

 

Then we headed out to the gardens and passed a lovely herbaceous border

before heading into the huge walled kitchen garden where everything was growing really well, or had been re-sown for winter crops

It is all grown organically too and there were a lot of companion plants among the fruit and veg.  Some of the beds were edged with iron railings just a bit higher than ankle height and fruit trees had been trained along them with huge apples and pears hanging off them!

The orchards were heaving

Further away in the grounds was a small building with a tea garden which seemed to have various herbs and box hedges in it

and I was taken with this plant.  Can anyone enlighten me as to what it is?

the flowers are like little pompoms

There was a falconry display which we didn’t see but we did see the birds waiting to perform

I’m not a fan of birds being kept captive but it is lovely to see them close up.

And finally a photo of a thistle type thing just because I am pleased with how well it came out!! (Damn I think I’ve missed the deadline for the Countryfile Calendar competition!!)

 

 

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nINA on August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Your photos are great–love that thistle type thing. 🙂

    The yellow flowers are tansy. They love to receive direct sunshine. I had a patch that came back each year, until they didn’t get enough sun, and they’re gone. I began growing them because I read somewhere tansy was a repellent to ants. Not sure if that’s true. But they’re very beautiful in quantity such as in your photo.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

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  2. I’ve never been there but it’s the sort of place I always enjoy having a stroll round, especially when there’s birds of prey to be seen which I find fascinating. Nowadays many of these captive birds are ones that could never be released back into the wild after being injured or orphaned.
    A most enjoyable post, and terrific photos! xx

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  3. Love the garden and the apples!

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